Originally Posted by mlyoung83
I currently use a cld-99 laserdisc player. It's hooked up to a 70" Aquos LED. The only processing the unit goes through is an Onkyo NR809. I am happy with the picture and know I can only get so much out of a "stoneage" connection. But, how well is the Onkyo's upscaling? Would I benefit at all by running a dvdo processor? If I would benefit from a DVDO, should I even run the signal through the onkyo anymore, or just run it from the DVDO straight to the tv?
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The Onkyo NR809's video processing, with the combination of the HQV Vida 1900 for de-interlacing and the Qdeo for scaling, IMHO is actually pretty awesome and is on par (i.e. excellent) with the DVDO series. At least on paper.
You are also fortunate that you are using the CLD-99 which also is considered an excellent source unit via its s-video output. So once again the combination the NR809 combined with the CLD-99 seems like a good one. On paper.
, and probably unlikely
, weak link that I can think of would be the Onkyo's analog video section. Since I'm not familiar with the Onkyo the question would become, "How good is Onkyo's implementation of s-video input processing on the NR809?" And this question would probably be best asked in the receiver sub forum.
But if you are happy with the picture, and it sounds like you are, I'm gonna suspect that everything is just fine and this is probably as good as it gets from your "stone age" connection.
Assuming the s-video input is free of issues on the NR809 then I doubt you would see a noticeable difference using a dedicated DVDO unit. If you did use a DVDO unit, you would want to use it as the "switch" and run all sources to it with a single HDMI (for video) to your TV and another HDMI (for audio) to the receiver.
And as always with today's electronics also verify that you are running the latest firmware for the Onkyo. It looks like they just issued another update this week and several of the earlier updates involved video performance.
As a side note I'm using a new Yamaha RX-A2010 receiver and was pleased enough with its HQV Vida 1900 that I was able to retire a DVDO Edge from my setup.